Hi all - first time posting How do you guys deal with motivation when you're going around? I was doing Blenheim last weekend and i felt i just wasn't pushing myself. When i crossed the line i was really happy that i'd finished but knew i had more to give.
Zacnici's story is the second story I have read today relating to a deceased parent's influence/motivation. http://triathlontraining.net/2009/06/10/mystic-river-valley-triathlon-race-report/ As my dad was dieing (lung cancer, smoked most of his life. PLEASE try to influence your kids never to smoke - I suspect I am preaching to the converted anyway) he asked me to take a well man check thing. So I did. 44 years old, 21.5 stone, 5'7", no exercise since I hung my rugby boots up a few years earlier. Diabetes II diagnoised an a lifetime of popping Metformin beckoned (if not worse). Joined a gym. Swam badly, messed around on the gym equipment. Then got serious with a training program. Attended gym, pool and classes 418 times in 2007, including 57 times in June of that year. Lost 5.5 stones. Entered 3./5 Km fun run November 2007 in Austria - it was snowing a blizzard. First 10K May 2008. First Tri Set 2008 (it seemed like a good idea when I signed up in March 2008 for cotswold super sprint though daunting. Training went so well I did the full distances as a training excercise twice beforehand). Three aquathlons summer 2008. 1st half Marathon (having said I'll never run Halves!) march 2009. 1st Sprint at salisbury May 2009. 1st Oly coming up at Blithfield. My motivation? Not my dad, though he in a way started the path. But NEVER wanting to be so bloody disgustingly overweight and unfit again so as to leave my children by my bedside one day as I ask them to do something about their lifestyle 'cos I never did. I am sure my dad would be proud of me. But I doubt he could never be as proud of me as much as I am. _I_ am _my_ motivation. With a little bit of my dad's memory, and my kid's futures of course :-) didds PS If the above seems like I am dissing my dad I'm not. I still love him, miss him SO much, and think of him every day.